Why is it that everything pops into our head the moment we try to sleep?
Inventions, recipes and the suddenly crystal clear lyrics to some long forgotten song are just a few of the distractions that stand between us and our conked-out selves. Then, when we finally do drift off, an unfathomably loud alarm breaks the peace, and we're expected to get up and function like a normal human.
At this point, we need help. For most that means coffee, for others it’s some variety of tea, but for a few of us, any buzz-inducing kick of caffeine (strong or weak) comes with a side of heart palpitations and anxiety. Sure, we can forgo liquid energy completely, but being in a constant comatose state doesn’t really appeal either. So what’s the solution?
With any problem, it’s important to look at the root of the issue. But, before frustration sparks at yet another suggestion of ‘more sleep’, consider this – according to , extreme tiredness, a lack of energy, and problems with your memory, understanding and judgement could be signs that you are lacking in Vitamin B12. Intrigued? Well, what if we tell you that this energy boosting vitamin is naturally found in meat, fish and dairy? Yup, that’s right – the wonderful, wholesome decision you made to become vegan could just be the reason you’re so damn tired!
Carrying on Veganuary? Why you need to incorporate this supplement into your diet
Don’t give in to the cheeseburger just yet. There are other ways to get that fix of B12.
has two options. For those who don’t mind needles, you can pump a B12 cocktail straight into your bloodstream with an IV *eek, no thanks*, or simply slap on one of their *that's more like it*.
The small, self-adhesive patches look a bit like round plasters and each will provide 12 hours of continuous B12 to up your energy levels. The brand even recommends a list of specific application points on your body for maximum effect. The easiest to find is on your right wrist. Face your right palm upwards, then follow your thumb down until you feel a dip. Pop on the patch and enjoy a soft, subtle boost of energy that'll leave you feeling on top of your game all day.
I tried one out and can attest my energy levels sky-rocketed. In fact, I haven't touched a mug of coffee since.
As for securing some shut-eye, try counting sheep. Just joking, here are some of our best insomnia-curing tricks.